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'All Good' things come to an end

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This year's 15th annual All Good Music Festival & Camp Out was the last in West Virginia. Next year, the alternative and indie rock festival will relocate to Legend Valley Campground (formerly the Buckeye Lake Music Center) in Thornville, Ohio.

All Good came to Preston County 10 years ago, relocating from Wilmer's Park in Brandywine, Md.

In an email sent to fans Tuesday, Walther Productions blamed the decision to leave Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown primarily on local officials who "never warmed up to the festival" and passed an ordinance that levied a tax specifically on the festival.

The letter also cited the authorities' scrutiny of festival fans as a factor in the decision. In it's time in the state, the festival has seen several arrests. This year, 60 people were charged with felonies and 400 received misdemeanor citations.

A figure prosecutor Mel Snyder called "consistent with last year."

There also was one death and two serious injuries.

On July 17, Nicole Miller, 20, was crushed as she slept and her two friends were seriously hurt when a pickup by Clay Lewin of Cape Charles, Va., rolled down a steep slope at Marvin's Mountaintop and crashed into their tent. All three women were from Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Lawsuits relating to the incident were filed against Walther Productions and Event Staffing, Inc., a security provider for the festival.

Over the years, the annual festival has hosted a wide array of well-known indie performers, including Furthur, The Flaming Lips, Sam Bush and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Since 2001, it also grew from two days to four and hosted a crowd upwards of 30,000 people.

While calling the parting bittersweet, Walther Productions said in the email that the new location near Columbus "is better suited to host us and grateful for the business that we will bring to their rural location."

Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.


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